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2014 MLB playoff predictions?

The regular season is done. The playoffs are upon us. One thing is for sure: We will have a different champion in 2014 than in 2013. How will it all play out?

Which team will win the American League wild-card game (Tuesday, at Kansas City)?

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    48%
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    52%

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  • Which team will win the National League wild-card game (Wednesday, at Pittsburgh)?

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      62%

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  • Which team will win the ALDS between the Tigers and Orioles?

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      47%
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      53%

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  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers?

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      32%
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      68%

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  • How far will the Angels go in the playoffs?

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      41%
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      28%
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      16%

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  • How far will the Nationals go in the playoffs?

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      45%
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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      28%
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      12%
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      11%
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      32%

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Of all the tributes to Derek Jeter from fans, fellow athletes, celebrities and, really, everyone, this -- from Ashley Kelly, wife of Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly -- might be the best:



Derek JeterElsa/Getty ImagesTake a guess as to which one is Derek Jeter.

So there you have it. This post goes out not only to Jeter, but to all the ladies who have had to settle for us non-Jeters. Our condolences.

Meanwhile, here is Kelly's selfie. Sorry, his #2ELFIE.



H/T Bleacher Report

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Early MLB playoff predictions

MLB playoff-clinching season is here. The Los Angeles Angels snagged a playoff spot Monday and later locked up the AL West. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals cemented their respective division titles Tuesday. Meanwhile, it appears the wild-card races are the most competitive, with each league seemingly embroiled in a three-way scrape for two spots. How will it all play out?

How will the Angels fare in the playoffs?

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    16%
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    35%
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    24%
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    25%

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  • How will the Nationals fare in the playoffs?

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      33%
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      39%
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      17%
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      11%

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  • How will the Orioles fare in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      43%
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      12%
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      13%

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  • Which of these teams will win the AL Central?

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      67%
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      33%

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      62%
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      18%

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      68%
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      13%
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      19%

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  • Which team will win the AL?

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      14%
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      39%
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      20%
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      18%
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      9%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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      18%
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      45%
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      8%
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      21%
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      8%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      27%
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      8%
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      12%
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      33%

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Yasiel Puig was pretty upset after striking out swinging in the third inning of last night's game against the Padres. Naturally, he threw his helmet. He then proceeded to demonstrate the difference between an elite athlete in his prime and, say, you and me:

Those are some quick hands he's got there. We love how unfazed Puig is by the whole thing -- as if ridiculous feats of athletic prowess are just everyday occurrences for him, barely worthy of comment. He might not even remember it happening. For us, this was something awesome and memorable, but for Puig (as the line from the classic 1994 film "Street Fighter" goes), it was Tuesday.

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Hall vote for Bonds and Clemens?

Pedro Martinez is almost definitely going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he'd like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to join him. Martinez and Clemens were inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with Nomar Garciaparra and broadcaster Joe Castiglione, where Martinez said that he believes both Clemens and Bonds' numbers before accusations of steroid use against them broke would warrant induction. They're running out of time to pass the 75 percent threshold -- players' eligibility was recently reduced from 15 years to a mere 10.

  • Pedro Martinez said that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Do you agree?

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      5%
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      9%
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      42%

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  • Would you vote for a steroid user for the Hall of Fame?

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      42%
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      58%

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  • Is Pedro Martinez a Hall of Famer?

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      42%
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      44%
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      14%

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  • What do you make of the Baseball Hall of Fame reducing player eligibility on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years?

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      62%
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      38%

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